The restrictions are now easing up, and the weather is good enough to go on an outdoor adventure with your dog. There are plenty of itineraries that you can follow and allow your beloved pet to embark on the journey. Bringing your fur babies on an adventure is one of the most amazing things you can do. It will not only make the trip memorable for you but theirs also. Since our pets are dependent on us, we need to keep them safe and ensure that we bring all of the adventure essentials required.
Here are the essentials you need when taking your dog out on an adventure.
Is your car prepared?
You will spend a considerable amount of time inside your vehicle, and traveling with your pet is not just about putting them on the back seat. You need to get your car prepared to ensure that you and your buddy will have a safe and smooth car trip. Some vehicles are too high for your pets to jump, it is also unsafe to lift big dogs, or you will end up frightening or startling them. For starters, a dog ramp for truck is a safer option to help your dog easily climb in and out of your vehicle with no problem. If your pet is used to a carrier, you can also bring it. If not, you can get rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers so he can sit comfortably, and you can be worry-free.
Do you have a pet first aid kit?
We always bring a first aid kit for ourselves, with medicines, gauze, and cleaning solutions. You should also get one for your pet because we can’t avoid any unfortunate circumstances, may it be just a small scratch or upset tummy problems. In case you don’t know what should be in a pet first aid kit, here are the items you need.
- Your dog’s vaccination and medical records
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Antibiotic ointment
- Gauze, scissors, tape, rubber gloves
- Antibacterial or cleansing wipes
- Medications and vitamins
Safety should be your priority first, and a first aid kit will help you do what you need to do when some circumstances happen.
What about a collapsible food and water bowl?
Don’t forget about the basic needs of your dog. Being full and hydrated is very important to all living things, and trips especially can be tiring for your dog. Collapsible food and water bowl are ideal as they are lightweight and easily put in your day pack. Get one with silicone materials as they are easy to clean and can hold solid and liquid matter well. Moreover, unlike plastic, they will not break, chip, or contaminate your pet’s food and water.
Can you get illumination and bell?
An illumination vest or collar can be used when you are hiking, camping, or just walking and staying in a dark place. Illumination items will help if you or your dog are out longer than expected or lost your way back. They will produce light that will keep your dog in your sight and protected.
On the other hand, a bear bell or regular bell can be a way to track them when they wander a little too far or a signal to other animals such as bears and other wild animals to know that you are approaching. This will give them time to move away or notice so you will not startle each other.
Do you prefer a leash or harness?
There are certain areas that will require your dog to be on a leash, and you must respect park or trail etiquette. Besides, a leash or harness will keep you in control of your dog’s movement whenever you are in an unfamiliar place. It would be best if your leash or harness is durable, water-proof, and with the appropriate length. Lastly, it may be uncomfortable for them wearing it for long periods of time, so ensure that they are adjustable and made with a breathable material.
What should your dog wear?
Same as humans, it is crucial to keep your pet protected from heat, cold, and debris. Letting them have an “outdoor outfit” will ensure that they are safe and comfortable. Dog boots will keep your dog’s paws protected from sharp objects, snow, hot pavement, and long and tiring walks. Same with dog jackets, you can get one for any occasion. There are rainwear, life jackets, warm coats, and cooling vests for your beloved pet. Although it may take them a while to get accustomed to it, so you should introduce it to them before your trip.
Traveling with your furry best friend is undoubtedly exciting. Whether it is a day trip or long expeditions, sharing these happy moments is definitely fulfilling. We hope that you get all the necessary information that will make your explorations safe and fun through this article.